Sprint set to combine Android and WiMAX, courtesy of HTC

Logos_4g Now here is some news that will definitely be of interest to those of us wondering why things have been so quiet on the 4G handset front. According to a reliable source for Engadget, HTC is hard at work on the first smartphone that will pump WiMAX through its Android-beating heart, and Sprint will naturally be the one to bring it to their 4G airwaves.

Currently codenamed "Supersonic," the new device will supposedly have a 4.3-inch screen along with the fantastic Sense UI running atop the newest Android 2.1 build. If the basic specs sound eerily familiar to you, they should, because the Supersonic is shaping up to be very similar to the WinMo-powered HD2 that is currently getting high marks from those lucky enough to own one.

While the prototype device is dressed in white, final versions will more than likely come in the more popular opposite color. As for the processor, a Snapdragon seems like the logical choice, but we'll just have to wait and see once this thing comes out later this year.

Those of you who have been clamoring for an HD2-type device with Android not named the Nexus One may soon get your wish, and while not everyone objects to the aging WinMo platform, the Supersonic looks like it could really shake up the marketplace and finally start to put a nail or two in 3G's coffin if it does in fact use 4G.

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Chris King

Chris King is a former contributing editor at Pocketables.